Principles Of Amateur Radio Net Control

Principles Of Amateur Radio Net Control

Types of Net

Open Net – Stations call each other directly to pass traffic

Directed Net – Stations call only net control directly, go direct only with net control permission

Net Control…

  • must have a commanding signal
  • is in charge of the net
  • activates and assigns resources
  • must keep track of resources
  • assigns tactical calls
  • keeps a good log
  • has a clear speaking voice
  • controls his or her tone of voice
  • has good command of the English language
  • can handle physical and mental stress for long periods
  • can listen and respond in a noisy/chaotic environment
  • has good hearing
  • writes legibly
  • enforces net discipline
  • uses tactical calls
  • uses plain English – no “10” codes or “Q” signals
  • uses standard phonetics
  • performs welfare checks
  • thinks before keying
  • is as concise as possible
  • knows how to operate the radio
  • frequently identifies name and reason for the net
  • transmits only facts, not conjecture
  • takes frequent breaks
  • when transmitting, key up, take a breath, then talk.
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